Skip to content

Tag Archives: Council on Foreign Relations

“Warm and Fuzzy with the North Koreans”

By
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 8:29 AM

The other day, I posted this video of the North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations giving a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations: The question of whether or not a think tank like CFR should host the worst people in the world—among whom the leaders of the North Korean state surely rank—is tricky one. As much . . .
Read more »

North Korean Ambassador to the UN Talks at CFR

By
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM

In case you need a macabre laugh. Transcript is available here if you can’t stand watching Jang Il Hun compare human rights in his country favorably to those in South Korea.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Speaking at Council on Foreign Relations

By
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The event is scheduled begin at 1:00 PM Eastern time.

Intervention to Stop Atrocities: Kosovo History as Predictive

By
Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 2:12 PM

A few years ago I wrote a Council on Foreign Relations report titled Intervention to Stop Genocide and Mass Atrocities: International Norms and U.S. Policy.  Based heavily on the Kosovo experience, I wrote that “[t]here is currently no widely accepted right or license among individual states to humanitarian intervention, as there is one to self-defense.  . . .
Read more »

Disclaimer about CFR Essay [UPDATED]

By
Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 2:40 PM

As I noted yesterday, I have an essay at CFR on the President’s speech.  I don’t write the headlines or the summaries of my pieces, and I was surprised and dismayed when someone at CFR summarized my piece by saying: “President Obama’s counterterrorism speech didn’t earn its hype. When it comes to the war on terror, the president’s top priority has . . .
Read more »

Reactions to the President’s Speech

By
Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:14 PM

My reactions to the President’s speech can be found in this essay at the CFR page.  The headline writers gave it the title of Obama Passes the Buck: The President’s Empty Rhetoric on Counterterrorism.  The subtitle captures the basic thrust of the essay, which is a pretty cynical reaction to the President’s speech grounded mostly . . .
Read more »

Syrian Chemical Weapons and Obama’s Red Line

By
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 9:05 PM

President Obama now finds his administration occupied with three WMD -related crises:  Iran, North Korea, and Syria.  The resolution of all of them will depend in part on the credibility of U.S. threats and commitments, in this case the President’s repeated statements that the use of chemical weapons would be a “red line” in his . . .
Read more »

A Crash Course on Chechnya and Kyrgyzstan

By and
Friday, April 19, 2013 at 11:21 AM

It has been widely reported that the two prime suspects in the Boston marathon bombings—one who was killed in a shootout early this morning—are ethnic Chechens. The brothers allegedly lived in Kyrgyzstan with their family before moving to the United States in 2002, and reports say they are citizens of that country. Here is a running . . .
Read more »

Ex-Pakistani President Admits to Consenting to U.S. Drone Strikes

By
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 8:25 PM

I wonder what Ben Emmerson was thinking when he watched CNN this evening. Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on Counterterrorism and Human Rights who is conducting an investigation into the legality of the U.S. targeted killing program, concluded after a visit to Pakistan last month, that  the U.S. drone program was “a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial . . .
Read more »

Micah Zenko’s CFR Report on Drones Policy

By
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations has just published this important report on U.S. drones policy. I disagree with Zenko on some aspects of it, but for now I want to summarize several of his main points and highlight some especially important ones. One important value of this report is that it implicitly . . .
Read more »

Segal on Chinese Cybersecurity

By
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Those interested in the international dimensions of cybersecurity strategy and law should read Adam Segal’s (Council on Foreign Relations) essay on “Five Trends to Watch for in Chinese Cybersecurity in 2013.”  Pay attention, Segal says, to movement in the new year in five areas: (1) new institutions & bureaucratic reform; (2) new threats; (3) more . . .
Read more »

Lawfare Podcast Episode #22: Stephen Tankel on Pakistan, the Endgame in Afghanistan, and LeT

By
Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 8:13 AM

This is the latest piece in the interview series I have done over the last few months with terrorism and regional experts about non-legal issues of pertinence to Lawfare readers. For this episode, I interviewed American University professor and nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stephen Tankel. (The other interviews in this . . .
Read more »

Transcript of John Brennan’s Speech on Yemen and Drones

By
Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

U.S. Policy Toward Yemen Speaker: John O. Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Presider: Margaret Warner, Senior Correspondent, “PBS NewsHour” August 8, 2012 Council on Foreign Relations MARGARET WARNER: So welcome, everybody. Welcome to today’s Council on Foreign Relations meeting. And I’m Margaret Warner, and I think most of you are . . .
Read more »

The NYPD’s Domain Awareness System: Information Analytics, Privacy, and Combating Security Threats

By
Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Yesterday the NYPD unveiled its Domain Awareness System, which aggregates and analyzes existing public safety data streams (including license plate readers and video surveillance camera systems) in real time. Over at the Council on Foreign Relations, I wrote a short essay on some of the legal and policy issues it raises: “The NYPD’s Domain Awareness . . .
Read more »

John Brennan’s Speech on Yemen

By
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 3:12 PM

And, you know, some related stuff – like drone strikes and security leaks. C-Span’s coverage of the speech, which Brennan gave earlier today at the Council on Foreign Relations, is here.

China Defense Daily on U.S. Cybersecurity Deterrence

By
Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Adam Segal at CFR, the person from whom I learn most about China and cybersecurity (here is a sampling of his posts), has a post that links to a China Defense Daily article on why Chinese experts think the U.S. military will have difficulty achieving its cybersecurity deterrence aims.  As Segal reports (based, I think, on . . .
Read more »

The Administration’s Puzzling Failure to Explain the Legal Basis for Killing Bin Laden

By
Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Ken and Ben have noted the Administration’s continuing and puzzling failure to explain the legal justifications for the killing of Bin Laden.  As someone who was in the Situation Room on 9-11, I have special reasons to agree that justice was done.  But I still think it is important for the Administration to explain its . . .
Read more »